Canadian Forest Service Publications

Black stem galls on aspen and their relationship to decay by Phellinus tremulae. 1994. Crane, P.E.; Blenis, P.V.; Hiratsuka, Y. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 24(11): 2240-2243.

Year: 1994

Available from: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 20131

Language: English

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Abstract

Efficient use of trembling aspen (Populustremuloides Michx.) is often limited by the presence of extensive decay and stain. Aspen trees with black stem galls of unknown cause reportedly have less advanced decay caused by the fungus Phellinustremulae (Bond.) Bond. & Boriss. than do adjacent trees without galls. Nine field sites having large numbers of galled aspen were surveyed for the presence of P. tremulae conks. Logistic regression showed that the odds of a gall tree having at least one conk was 44% of that for trees without galls, and that the occurrence of conks varied among sites and increased with increasing tree diameter. Inclusion of black galls in models used to predict decay might result in greater accuracy on sites where these galls are prevalent. Black galls may also be potential sources of biological control agents against decay-causing organisms in aspen.

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